Michigan Warriors Game

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November 29th, 2014              

    I saw a flyer at work promoting a free entrance night to the Michigan Warriors hockey team and I thought that it would be a good opportunity for Tara & I to take the kids. There was a limit of 4 tickets per person, so Tara & I went and got 8 seats. We thought we could either allow a couple of the kids friends to tag along, or we would have two seats for coats. It was a good thing that we got the extras, as one of Drew's teammates (Noah) wound up going with us and spending the night. Our seats weren't as good as the last time that we went, but the arena is small enough that there really aren't any terrible seats. Jayden though it was great that we were in row "J", so they had that going for them!

    The opponent for tonight's game was the Soo Eagles, from Sault Ste. Marie. Drew's hockey team played a tournament game on their home ice earlier this year, so it was cool for him to see them play against his hometown team. While there wasn't much scoring early in this game, there were plenty of skirmishes and fights along the way. We thought that this game was going to go into a shootout, but the Warriors managed to score the lone goal of the contest late in the third period, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

    We had a couple of interesting things happen during the course of the evening as well. First, Samantha was selected for one of the intermission contests, and in the third period she was tasked with finishing the lyrics to the song over the PA system. She was pretty nervous that it was going to be a song that she didn't know, but it would up being "Let It Go" from Frozen, and she nailed the missing lyrics for a $25 gift card to Applebee's. Second, Drew and Noah headed over to the players exit before the team the ice, and Drew wound up being handed one of the Warriors sticks!

    All in all, it was a great night!

Michigan Warriors Hockey Game

Noah, Drew, Jayden, Samantha, and Tyler standing in front of a Christmas tree inside the Perani Arena.

Jay waiting for the game to get underway.

Sam smiling for the caera.

Tyler was less than excited and partially mocking me as he had his photo taken.

Drew and Noah moved over a section in order to get a better view of the action on the ice.

And the game is underway!

A little skirmish at our end of the rink.

The Warriors mascot, Skully, making his way around the ice.

Drew and Noah with their vuvuzela horns (which annoyed pretty much everybody within earshot!).

Butt-crack, baby butt-crack!

Drew and Noah moved back closer towards the end of the game, but they were still enjoying their horns!

Sam waiting for the intermission game to get underway as the "quizmaster" stood nearby.

Sam laughing as the announcer talks to her (and the entire arena).

Noah and Drew blowing their vuvuzela's after the Warriors scored the lone goal of the game.

The final score was a 1-0 shutout for the Warriors over the Soo Eagles.

The Warriors players congratulating their goalie on his shutout.

The players acknowledging the crowd.

Drew showing off the stick that he was handed by one of the players after the game.


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